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Read more on how B&B Trucking keeps fleets running like new after a million miles. 

The million mile oil

Mobil Delvac™ 1300 Super 15W-40 is known the world over as ‘The Million Mile Oil’...

Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15W-40 is known the world over as ‘The Million Mile Oil’ — thanks to a relentless commitment to research and development. The program includes millions of miles in highway fleets, along with non-stop laboratory work testing lubricants in engines from every major manufacturer. Although original equipment makers may handle emission control in different ways, Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15W-40 has proven itself throughout extensive proprietary and industry engine tests and on-highway testing covering millions of kilometers. It exceeds the requirements of:

Caterpillar ECF-3
Cummins CES 20081
Detroit Diesel Power Guard 93K214
Mack EO-O Premium Plus
Volvo VDS-4
With Mobil Delvac synthetic lubricants, fleet finds it can keep vehicles operating like new even after they surpass million-mile mark.

For more than 40 years, Kalamazoo, Mich., based B&B Trucking Inc. has been a successful contract carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. According to B&B maintenance director, Andy Blackburn, the secret to the company’s success stems from its two main philosophies.  “First, always take pride in what we do and who we are,” said Blackburn. “And, build an environment where people want to work, and deliver superior, on-time service.” We caught up with Blackburn at B&B’s headquarters.

B&B Trucking

Q1: What brand of trucks does your fleet typically use?
Blackburn: We rely on Volvo trucks. They’ve really been great vehicles for us.

Q2: Tell us about your maintenance practices?
Blackburn: When it comes to engine performance, the most important thing you MUST do is to use the best oil you can. For the past 10 years, we have been using Mobil Delvac 1™ synthetic heavy-duty engine oil. We use it in all of our trucks and are able to keep our trucks running like new well past a million miles.

Q3: Why do you use Mobil Delvac synthetic lubricants?
Blackburn: Mobil Delvac synthetics have helped us out tremendously.

First off, we know Mobil Delvac 1 will help extend the life of our truck engines. We often have trucks that travel beyond one million miles that still operate almost like new trucks.

Using Mobil Delvac 1, we are able to operate our vehicles with extended drain intervals of up to 100,000 miles. In our pre-EGR vehicles, we have seen fuel economy gains consistently in the range of 3 to 5 percent using Mobil Delvac.

“We have tried and tested almost every brand of oil on the market. Time and time again, the results always showed the same thing - no brand of oil is better at keeping our engines cleaner, and keeping our trucks running longer, than Mobil Delvac.”